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Online reporting tools

Below is another set of links for a training session with APN journalists.

Being a good online journalist isn’t just about presenting a story well online. It’s also about harnessing online tools to help you in the reporting process. Here are two tools which will help you keep across the ‘white noise’ of information on the internet.

RSS Reader

Google Reader lets you subscribe to websites so new content comes to you when it’s posted.Think of it as your own personal media monitoring service. Reader keeps track of which things you’ve read so that when you only see unread items when you come back. If there’s a dark blue border around an item, Reader is marking that item as read.

You will need to create a Google account if you don’t have one. You can do this with any email address.

To get you started subscribe to this bundle that I have created for you.

Social Bookmarking

What if when researching a story you come across a webpage that probably isn’t updated regularly, but has some information that is useful. You want to keep a list of websites, like you do in the favourites section of your internet browser. But let’s say you want to do this for all the different areas that you write. Delicious allows you to bookmark all sites under an easy referencing system called tags.

The easiest way to do this is to add a button to your internet browser toolbar.

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